John R. Myers House & Barn

St. Louis County

The Classical Revival style John B. Myers house was constructed in Florissant, St. Louis County c.1860. Its design features demonstrates the persistence of Classical and Palladian traditions into the Victorian era. The house and barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were surveyed in 1967 by the Historic American Buildings Survey. The house was vacated by its owner some time ago and has been for sale for some time. In the meantime the property has fallen in to disrepair, with a large percentage of the exterior deteriorated. Dry rot exists in much of the home’s Palladian porch detailing, balustrades around the structure are missing parts or falling apart, and paint is flaking, exposing bare wood. This is not the first time the Myers House has been endangered. In 1974 the house and barn were slated for demolition to allow construction of the Interstate 170/Interstate 270 Highway interchange. Following the successful preservation efforts of Rosemary Davison and others with Historic Florissant, Inc., the Highway Department redesigned the interchange to accommodate the preservation of this important and rare property type and style in St. Louis County. Just before the announcement of this year’s Places in Peril, we were notified that Adam’s Auctions will be offering the property at auction on August 20, 2015. Those interested in bidding should contact them at adamsauctions.com or by calling 618.234.8751

Listed in 2015.

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